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FAIR LAWN & GLEN ROCK, NJ - The numbers keep ticking up, but the closings are remaining the same for now. Fair Lawn Mayor Kurt Peluso is putting out a communication tomorrow to keep everyone informed about borough cancellations and postponements. Glen Rock has been equally informative and is keeping its website updated.
From borough government, to schools, to community gathering places, things have been shut down temporarily. TAPinto is watching all the latest news and information to help the public remain calm and keep as healthy as possible.
What we know - as of Sunday, March 15
Among 1 million residents in Bergen County, there are 31 cases in the following towns:
- Bergenfield: 1
- Dumont: 1
- Englewood: 3
- Fair Lawn: 3
- Fort Lee: 1
- Garfield: 1
- Little Ferry: 1 (Patient Deceased)
- Paramus: 1
- Teaneck: 18
- Wood-Ridge: 1
- 5 cases at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood (unclear if included in the 31-case number)
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco declared a State of Emergency in the county and has closed all public facilities for a two-week period.
County officials closed the Bergen County Technical Schools and the Bergen County Special Services Schools which affects approximately 3,600 students and 1,600 teachers and administrators.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus and maintain the recommended hygiene habits, including regular hand washing, according to county officials.
"For the health, safety and welfare of our entire community and for precautionary, protective and preventive measures, effective Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22, the Borough closed, suspended or canceled the following:
- The Fair Lawn Senior Center will be closed.
- The Fair Lawn Public Library will be closed.
- The Fair Lawn Community Center will be closed.
- The Mini-Bus service will be suspended.
- Municipal Court is canceled on Wednesday, March 18.
- All large scale gatherings or special events will be canceled.
- All non-essential Borough committee and commission meetings are canceled.
- The Borough’s maintenance and custodial staff continues to sanitize and disinfect common areas throughout municipal facilities with increased frequency.
- All facilities will open and activities will commence on Monday, March 23 unless the Borough needs to take further preemptive measures which may include additional or extended closures as the COVID-19 threat is assessed. These measures are solely to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the entire community."
- Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce meeting canceled for Tuesday, March 17. The March 26 annual dinner at Biagios has been postponed. It will be rescheduled in the months to come.
Fair Lawn Schools, as part of the Bergen County directive, will be closed through March 27, with related social activities cancelled through March 31. According to Superintendent Nicholas Norcia, distance learning through computers and online access will commence with instructions beginning, Monday, March 16.
- Public schools are closed Friday, March 13 through March 27.
- As of Friday, March 13 at 5:30 pm, the library will close for the next two weeks.
- All meetings, events and recreational activities have been postponed during these next two weeks including, but not limited to, the March 25 work session and public meeting of the Mayor and Council, and the March 26 Budget meeting.
- This is out of abundance of caution regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. After two weeks we will reassess the situation. We urge residents to limit social interactions and practice social distancing.
- This is not a quarantine, but a best practice to assist our community as we navigate the ever-changing effects of this virus.
Monday, March 23, Glen Rock Women in Business (GRWIB) meeting is canceled.
The Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce meeting is currently scheduled for Thursday, 3/26 and most likely will meet virtually.